After a 12-year storied career as the leader of the nation of Israel – Benjamin Netanyahu has been defeated – an event with reverberations felt around the world.
In life, they say that all good things must come to an end. And sadly, that is the case for now former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu time as the leader of his country.
Netanyahu is officially out as prime minister after serving 12 years as the leader of the Jewish nation, making him the longest serving pm in the nation’s history.
The BBC reported, “Right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett has been sworn in as prime minister, leading a ‘government of change.’
He will lead an unprecedented coalition of parties which was approved with a razor-thin majority of 60-59.
Bennett will be prime minister until September 2023 as part of a power-sharing deal.He will then hand power over to Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid, for a further two years.
Netanyahu – Israel’s longest-serving leader who has dominated its political landscape for years – will remain head of the right-wing Likud party and become leader of the opposition.
Netanyahu has been politically damaged by corruption charges against him.
The attorney general of Israel has filed charges against Bibi for supposedly taking bribes and discussing legislation with the head of a news service in Israel, which would have given him a competitive advantage. Netanyahu eventually voted against the legislation. The story should be over, but his opponents are swarming like sharks around him.
The Israeli elections have ramifications for not only the Middle East, but for the United States as well…
As Netanyahu has been a staunch defender of the West against terrorist threats. He was a close ally of President Trump and t two made historic peace deals with majority Arab countries, and worked together to bring the U.S. Embassy to its rightful place in Jerusalem.
The now former Prime Minister stood tall against President Obama when he was in the White House.
Obama sought to actively derail Israeli security plans at every turn. He made a deal with Iran, which did nothing to end the terrorist nation’s nuclear weapons program. The deal actually emboldened the radical Islamist regime to continue to fund terrorism in the region. Iran would like nothing more than to wipe Israel off the map.
In response, the prime minister publicly rebuked Obama’s deal. He said, “Far-reaching concessions were made in areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons … Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars, with which it can fuel its terror machine, and pursue its aggression and terror in the region and the world.”
Obama described working with Netanyahu as being akin to working with a rival. Obama said that “dealing with Bibi” — Netanyahu’s nickname — “is like dealing with the Republicans.”
Bibi took his opposition against Obama to the United States Congress. In his speech to members of Congress, Netanyahu said, “This is a bad deal — a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.”
The Obama administration responded by spending taxpayer dollars to defeat Netanyahu at the polls. The Washington Times reported that during the 2015 Israeli Elections, the Obama administration dispatched resources of the Federal government to defeat Bibi.
And now Netanyahu’s days as prime minister are over, and he deserves a debt of gratitude from Americans for being our defender in the Middle East.